Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi at work Isamu Noguchi (* 1904 in Los Angeles/USA; 1988 in New York/USA) is widely considered among the most important sculptors and designers of his day. The son of Japanese poet Yone Noguchi and the American writer Leonie Gilmour, he studied at Columbia University and the Leonardo da Vinci Art School and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1927. He subsequently worked as an assistant to Constantin Brancusi in Paris, presented his first solo exhibition in New York, studied brush drawing in China and worked with ceramics under Jinmatsu Uno in Japan. His experiences of living and working in different cultural circles are reflected in his work as an artist. For example, during his stay in Japan in 1951, he developed a strong enthusiasm for Asian lamps made of paper and bamboo. Noguchi subsequently combined traditional manufacturing techniques with new shapes, replaced the candles with electric bulbs, and thus created the first Akaris - light sculptures from Shoji paper for daily use. Isamu Noguchi is considered a universal talent with a creative oeuvre that went beyond sculpture to encompass stage sets, furniture, lighting, interiors as well as outdoor plazas and gardens, including components of the Hiroshima Peace Garden. His sculptural style is indebted to a vocabulary of organic forms and exerted a sustained influence on the design of the 1950s. "My father, Yone Noguchi, is Japanese and has long been known as an interpreter of the East to the West, through poetry", wrote Noguchi in his proposal for a Guggenheim Fellowship, "I wish to fulfil my heritage".

Coffee Table
Akari 26A / 21A / 15A
Akari 1A
Akari 45A / 55A / 75A / 120A
Akari 1P
Akari 14A
Akari 55D / 75D
Akari J1
Akari 3AD
Akari UF3-Q
Akari 20N
Akari 50EN / 70EN
Akari 26N
Akari 10A
Akari 1AG
Akari E
Akari 1AY
Akari 1AD
Akari 1N
Akari 9AD
Prismatic Table
Akari 3X
Akari 45X
Freeform Sofa
Akari 3A
Akari BB3-33S
Freeform Ottoman
Akari XP1
Akari BB3-55DD
Akari 33N
Akari UF4-L10
Akari UF1-H
Akari UF2-33N
Akari UF4-L8
Akari UF4-33N
Akari 23A

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